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The Best 8 European Cities To Visit In 2018

Compiled by Momondo here is the best 8 European cities to visit in 2018

 

Hamburg, Germany

Speicherstadt, the world's largest integrated complex of warehouses, sits among Hamburg's most significant landmarks
Speicherstadt, the world’s largest integrated complex of warehouses, sits among Hamburg’s most significant landmarks

Known as the “gateway to the world”, port city Hamburg is a maritime-infused wonder. The waters of the Elbe and Alster Lake are never far out of sight, although the city’s many cultural and architectural spectacles will try to tempt you away.

Explore the central Mönckebergstraße, home to the Rathaus (city hall) and the nearby Rathausmarkt, always festive with events. Get historic at Speicherstadt, the world’s largest warehouse district located in the port. Take a look at the impressive model railway exhibition at Miniatur Wunderland, and party the night away at Reeperbahn, a world-famous red-light district. Culture lovers can enjoy classical music at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, Hamburg’s newest addition to its architecture hall of fame.

Planning to travel on the cheap? Find the best things to do for free in Hamburg.

 

Braga, Portugal

Braga is brimming with beautiful architecture, like the baroque-styled San Marcos Hospital Church
Braga is brimming with beautiful architecture, like the baroque-styled San Marcos Hospital Church © sissi_tara

Braga, dubbed ‘the Rome of Portugal’ due to its significant architecture, is studded with stunning cathedrals, including the 12th-century Sé de Braga (Braga Cathedral) and the all-wood Tree of Life Chapel. History may be in the air, but Braga’s elegant architecture, stately manicured plazas and pedestrian-only alleyways hide a youthful heart.

Charming boutiques and cafes cater to a population of students, and the cobblestone streets come alive at night as the bars open. Enjoy coffee and gelato at Spirito, a delicious meal and cocktails at the sophisticated Brac Restaurante and evening entertainment at bar and music venue Quatorze. Then get up bright and early to climb the exquisite baroque stairway to the landmark Bom Jesus do Monte pilgrimage site.

 

Valencia, Spain

The futuristic Reina Sofía Palace of the Arts, part of the City of Arts and Sciences
The futuristic Reina Sofía Palace of the Arts, part of the City of Arts and Sciences © chrissitina_c

A lush, sun-kissed beauty, Valencia never misses a chance to take your breath away. Climb the Valencia Cathedral, home of the Holy Grail, and marvel at the city’s verdant footprint. Among the sights are Turia Gardens, a former riverbed transformed into an expansive urban park, the futuristic City of Arts and Science and the picturesque beaches marking the city’s perimeter. Explore the Barri del Carme’s boutiques, marvel at the gothic Silk Exchange, shop at Mercat Central and check out the Torres de Quart, part of the old city’s boundary wall.

Visit in March for the Fallas festival, with its huge papier-mâché creations and daily fireworks. Dive deep into this pearl of a city with our guide to a three-day trip to Valencia.

 

Zagreb, Croatia

The colourful St. Mark's Church is a must-see
The colourful St. Mark’s Church is a must-see © Jorge Franganillo CC BY 2.0

In recent years, Croatia’s tiny capital has been promoted from stopover city to a destination in its own right. A charming red-roofed metropolis on the Sava River, it brings together cobblestone streets, boutique ateliers and music-filled cafes for a vibrant, enchanting getaway.

The main activity occurs amid Upper Town and Lower Town, the city’s historic cores. Stop by the Old Town Gate, enjoy street performances on Strossmayer Promenade and snap some photos of the ancient St. Mark’s Church, recognizable by its mosaic roof. There are museums galore, plus the Jarun and Bundek lakes, where daily festivities take place.

 

Salzburg, Austria

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is one of the best spots in town to take it all in
The Hohensalzburg Fortress is one of the best spots in town to take it all in

Salzburg is an amiable Austrian escape and a Unesco World Heritage Site – and not least the place where all Mozart lovers converge. Its Old Town is resplendent with baroque architecture and demands painstaking exploration. Get a birds-eye snapshot of it from the Museum of Modern Art, perched on a nearby cliff. The mountain-top Hohensalzburg Fortress offers similar views, plus nightly public concerts. Mozart’s Birthplace at No. 9 Getreidegasse and the Toy Museum are among the must-sees in Salzburg.

Back in town, tour the gardens of the Schloss Hellbrunn summer palace, and shop at Getreidegasse, a famed ye olde alleyway a stone’s throw away from the Salzach River.

 

Toulouse, France

Pont Neuf bridge immersed in beautiful lights
Pont Neuf bridge immersed in beautiful lights © Grégory Tono CC BY-SA 2.0

Built from distinctive pink stone, Toulouse aka the ‘pink city’ is elegantly compact, and thus perfect for exploring on foot.

Admire the mansions left over from its indigo-producing heyday – particularly the Hôtel d’Assézat. Explore the courtyard of the stunning Capitole, then stroll across Pont Neuf, the 15th-century bridge spanning the city’s Garonne river. You can also cruise down it by boat. Get insight into the city’s Crusades-era past at the Church of the Jacobins and embrace the local arts scene at modern and contemporary art museum les Abattoirs.

Travelling for the food? Dine at the two-star Michelin Restaurant Michel Sarran.

For more city breaks in Southern France, have a look at our guide to the best cities in the neighbouring Languedoc region.

 

Budapest, Hungary

Hop on a tram and marvel at the grand architecture, such as the Hungarian National Gallery
Hop on a tram and marvel at the grand architecture, such as the Hungarian National Gallery

The Hungarian capital, conveniently located on the banks of the Danube, delivers a crash course on architecture through the ages. Baroque, neoclassical and art deco buildings line its celebrated streets, with plenty of cafes and restaurants among them. Head to the often rebuilt Royal Palace, home to key cultural buildings, then depart for the House of Terror, former headquarters of the secret police. Take in the city’s famous classical musical scene at the Opera House and ogle immense statues at Memento Park.

A visit to a bathhouse, fed by natural springs, is a must after a long day of exploring. For more things to do in Budapest, have a look at our guide to Budapest.

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Gothenburg, Sweden

Spend an unforgettable night at the Göteborg Opera
Spend an unforgettable night at the Göteborg Opera © Dennis Lundqvist – Way Out There Image & Productio CC BY 2.0

A charming harbourside city, Gothenburg is all about wholesome fun. There’s even a Volvo Museum!

Hop on a tram and explore the sights at an enjoyable clip. Visit the hilltop Skansen Kronan fortress for military history and ice-cream, then nearby Haga neighbourhood for quaint, bohemian wooden houses. Relax at the expansive Slottsskogen park, home to kid-friendly entertainment and stunning azaleas. Thrill seekers should visit the Liseberg Amusement Park, while culture lovers can enjoy an evening at the ultra-modern Göteborg Opera.

Planning a longer stay in this Scandinavian country? Hire a car and explore Sweden with our scenic road trip.

 

Liverpool, UK

Delve in some maritime history at Albert Dock
Delve in some maritime history at Albert Dock © Phil Fiddyme CC BY 2.0

Liverpool is mostly known for soccer and the Beatles, but what you might not know is that it’s home to a vibrant maritime city with six Unesco Heritage nods.

Head back in time at the world’s oldest Chinatown plus the Canning and RopeWalks districts. Learn about the city’s trade history at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, then unleash your inner groupie at The Beatles Story museum. Catch a game at Anfield Stadium, a show at the Liverpool Empire Theatre and a performance at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Shoppers will love Liverpool ONE, Cavern Walks and Metquarter, while party animals should check out Lark Lane.

 

Turin, Italy

Turin's Royal Palace is just one among many architectural landmarks to bite your teeth into
Turin’s Royal Palace is just one among many architectural landmarks to bite your teeth into

Home to the famous Shroud (the centuries-old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man believed to be Jesus), Turin was also Italy’s first capital – a well-deserved title for this Piedmont beauty.

It’s all baroque and art nouveau loveliness, but with plenty of industrial vigour. Home to Fiat, Nutella and the greats of Italian cinema, it has plenty to offer. Explore Italian film history at the  National Museum of Cinema housed in the impressive Mole Antonelliana building. If vintage vehicles interest you, stop by the Museo dell’Automobile.

Finally, dine at the Quadrilatero Romano, shop at Via Garibaldi and take pictures at the gorgeous Galleria Subalpina. Bellissimo.